Fire at Rao’s ‘yagam’ a good omen, say religious leaders

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Dec 29, 2015 08:56 IST
National Congress Party (NCP) Chief Sharad Pawar with Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao during Ayutha Chandi Maha Yagam in Medak district on Sunday. (PTI)

The fire that broke out during Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao’s Ayutha Chandi Maha Yagam on Sunday was a good omen, feel Hindu religious leaders.

Though the accident before ‘maha pur nahuti’ led to President Pranab Mukherjee skipping the event, leaders like Swami Swaroopanandendra of the Visakha Sharada Peetham believe it was a good omen as the yagnashala anyway had to be burnt down after the yagam. They also believe that gods were pleased with yagam.

The fire, caused by sparks from one of the ‘homagundams’ or fire pits, did not result in loss of life or injury.

The organisers say it happened when ‘Purnahuti’ had been almost completed and a formal final ritual was to be held in the presence of President Mukherjee.

Noted astro-numerologist JUB Sastry, who described the Lagna of the beginning of the yagam on Wednesday (December 23) as the most auspicious on account of planetary positions, said burning of the yagnashala was imminent after the ‘maha purnahuti’.

“That there was no loss or inconvenience itself indicates that it was a good omen,” Sastry said.

Meanwhile, buoyed by the success of the yagam, Rao has vowed to perform an even bigger Prayuta Chandi Yagam if his flagship schemes Mission Bhageeratha (drinking water to every house) and Mission Kakatiya (revival of all irrigations tanks) were successfully implemented.

About 2,000 priests perfor med the Ayutha Chandi Yagam and the seers hailed Rao as the only democratically elected leader to conduct this ritual.

By conducting this yagam, the TRS chief fulfilled the vow he had taken during the Telangana movement to organise the grand rituals if a separate Telangana state became a reality.

Rao spent ` 6-7 crore on the yagam from his own purse and also with the help of friends. He claimed not a single rupee was taken from the public exchequer.

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